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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Congressman Bilirakis Champions Healthcare for Florida's Children

January 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington DC:  The short-term spending bill that is now on its way to the President's desk to become law will extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next six years. CHIP insures 9 million children throughout the country. A provision authored by Congressman Bilirakis, the CHIP Buy-In program, also made it into the final spending bill. This language will allow children whose parents make too much money to qualify for CHIP, the opportunity to purchase the same high quality plan from the state. 

"I have been working on the long term re-authorization of CHIP for over a year because I understand how important it is for our children. More than 10,000 kids in my district rely on this critical program for their health care. It is an example of what is working well in our health care system. The CHIP Buy-In will also help expand affordable access to quality care for thousands of kids throughout the state of Florida. It shouldn't have taken this long; however, I am relieved that we were finally able to get both of these priorities across the finish line tonight," said Congressman Bilirakis. 

Florida Healthy Kids Corporation CEO Rebecca Matthews also issued the following statement of support: "Florida’s kids deserve coverage, and today I thank Congressman Bilirakis and the Florida Congressional delegation for being vocal advocates for this program. This six-year funding extension is an incredible commitment that allows us the opportunity to continue our work to ensure every Florida child has access to affordable insurance. Today is a victory for CHIP children, as well as the families who participate in our full-pay program, and I look forward to now working with the Florida legislature to obtain funding to offer more affordable coverage to those families as well.”